lawyer

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From Middle English lawyer, lawer, equivalent to law +‎ -yer.

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lawyer ‎(plural lawyers)

  1. A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter II”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.

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lawyer ‎(third-person singular simple present lawyers, present participle lawyering, simple past and past participle lawyered)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To practice law.
  2. (intransitive) To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
  3. (intransitive) To make legalistic arguments.
  4. (informal, transitive) To barrage (a person) with questions in order to get them to admit something.
    You've been lawyered!

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Lawyer, n."